37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Sand Storm

Lamis Ammar-Jalal Masarwa Play Button

Lamis Ammar-Jalal Masarwa

Amid wedding festivities in a Bedouin village in southern Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband Suliman’s marriage to a second, much younger wife. During the celebration, Jalila stumbles across her eldest daughter Layla’s involvement with a boy from her university. Burying the indignity of Suliman and his new bride living next door, Jalila also attempts to manage Layla’s situation by restricting her pursuit of a strictly forbidden liaison that would shame the family. When their whole family falls apart and everything they believe in shatters, Jalila and Layla are forced to understand that if they wish to survive, they will have to start seeing the world from each other’s eyes. This film was Israel’s entry into the 89th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Supported by Congregation Beth Israel


Sunday, November 6


6:15 PM


Downtown Mall : Violet Crown B

Film Info

Director: Elite Zexer

Runtime: 87 min.

Year: 2016

Country: Israel

Featuring: Khadija Alakel, Haitham Omari, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Lamis Ammar, Jalal Masarwa.